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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Hardly Strictly '13 was hot, crowded, and flush wtith good performances. Our favorites were Low's simmering gothic rock, Bonnie Raitt's husky voice and supernatural guitar work, the heartworn soul of hard-working Bettye LaVette, and Billy Bragg's unapologetic populism. See…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 lineup is out, and it includes Calexico, Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Natalie Maines, Low, Father John Misty, Gogol Bordello, Bettye LaVette, and Sonny and the Sunsets. The festival takes place Oct. 4-6;…
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Music, Beautifully Wicked: Caitlin Rose Makes Heartache Sound Lovely

Beautifully Wicked: Caitlin Rose Makes Heartache Sound Lovely

Life request: Can we somehow have every piece of bad news henceforth delivered in a song by Caitlin Rose? To hear this Nashville country-rocker sing is to wish that you could crawl inside her voice — half Loretta Lynn drawl,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt to Tour Together

Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt to Tour Together

Among the certifiable legendary musicians residing in the Bay Area are bluesman-folkster Taj Mahal and singer/slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt. The two (both of whom need multiple shelves in their living rooms to hold all their Grammys) have a long…
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Music, Reviewed John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

There's this blues song, "The Blues Had a Baby, and They Called It Rock & Roll," and paternity tests reveal the late Bay Area resident John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) to be one of its most likely fathers. Hooker is one…
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Music, Reviewed Cesaria Evora

Cesaria Evora

Both sweet and sorrowful, the title track on Cesaria Evora's latest album attests to the Cape Verdean singer's recommitment to her roots. The languid tempo of "Voz d'Amor" ("The Voice of Love"), a minor-key ballad, underscores the tune's sad yet…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Once upon a time, bridge drugs were the enemy of every parent. Pot and whipits, the Reagan-era authorities said, bought users a one-way ticket to ruin. A breath of laughing gas today implied a needle tomorrow; a roach clip under…
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